I couldn’t post my weekly blog post yesterday. I couldn’t really do much of anything except think about those poor parents, and sisters and brothers, and grandparents and extended family of those children of Sandy Hook. Not only for the sweet babies that were taken so soon, so quickly, and so viciously, but for those children who had to experience that terror and witness such evil. I cried. I couldn’t focus. I wished there was something I could do.
I still have tears in my eyes, and my heart is still broken for those children and their families. But today I decided I had to do something other than watch the news coverage over and over. So I decided to try to get going on some Holiday cards. I sat down to carve some stamps, and one of them, a star looked like it was almost a tear shape- like the star was crying too. I wanted to do something with that star, and I brought it into Photoshop. I took the star and combined it with a piece I was playing with on thursday- a stenciled tile that looked like it was rusted. I placed one star for each victim, on top of the tile as if those tearful stars had rusted the tile. I was shocked and even more saddened looking at that number of stars. It is too overwhelming to look at that number and imagine the scene that the children, families and responders had to witness.
I guess I was hoping it might make me feel a little bit better, to work on a piece and get it off my chest, but if I am honest, it really doesn’t. I can’t imagine the depth of the families grief. This madness seriously has to stop. The only glimmer of hope is that maybe these 26 shining stars will guide this country to do something so that this never happens again.